Seven tears cast upon the water summon the selkie, summon seal across the ocean, summon man from beast—liquid keys to break the curse. Freed one night every seven years, Ronin is doomed to repeat that cycle into eternity. Unless he can find a woman powerful enough to resist a selkie’s irresistible pheromones and sex magick.
Maille believes she lost reality between Maine and New Mexico. Between where she is now and where she should be. She believes in facts, not magick. But facts can’t explain how she wound up naked on a beach with the sexiest man she’s ever laid eyes on. Or how she knows in her bones that losing herself in the passion Ronin offers is a path to disaster.
It’s going to be a long, hot, wet night. Caught between sex magick and a sexy selkie, disaster is inevitable for Maille. To break the enchantment she has to rely on the oldest magick of all—the power of love-drenched hearts.
~ Bewitching BT
Worldbuilding: I loved the blend of mythical elements (selkie) and paranormal elements (witchcraft, magic).
Characters: Maille was interesting, I thought she dealt with the whole confusion really well and I loved how caring she was toward the environment/animals.
Ronin was definitely the highlight for me, the past sins (so to speak), the curse, the whole thing had me riveted.
Their chemistry was very, very, very hot and I loved their one on one for sure 😀
Plot: The story was really interesting, I loved the romantic arc, the hot action and the ending 😀 Rapid rhythm of action kind of read.
Writing: Third person narrative, past tense, his/her POV.
Curb Appeal: Hhhhhot cover, hooking blurb – definite impulsive buy material!
I will confess this was somewhere between 3.5 and 4 butterflies, I had a few moments where I wasn’t exactly confused about something (like Mellie’s past, for instance), but I felt elements that were important were mentioned somewhat in passing. That’s something I often feel though, I’m a fan of character building not action per se, so you’ll probably love the “less talk, more do” kind of feel.
All in all, this was a fun read, hot where it should have been and fun. Do give it a try if you’re into mythological slash paranormal elements and hot men (who make us fangirls wet xDDD)
1. If you were to describe your e-book/book in only one word, what would it be?
2. What would you say inspired you to write it?
I read a novel about seals when I was younger (can’t recall title) and as I rememeber somewhere the author mentions seals having the souls of humans who were punished for wrongs they committed in life. That was supposedly why the cry of seals sounds so sad and lonely. I was struck by that and it stayed with me. I recall a long drive down the California coast years later. I had my window down and could hear the seals calling from mists hovering over the water. It was haunting.
When I had the opportunity to contribute to the Passion’s Portal series for Ellora’s Cave, I decided it was time to explore that idea.
3. What was the source of inspiration for your protagonist? What about your antagonist?
The inspiration for the protagonist was my grandmother. She had such a way with animals. Everyone who knew her swore she could talk to animals. Injured critters instinctively found their way to her doorstep. She usually had a cure and if not a cure kindness and compassion that eased the suffering.
4. Have you ever been hit by the infamous “writer’s block”? What did you do to escape it?
Yes, I’m no stranger to writer’s block. I find that the more real I can make a story world, the easier it is to write. To get started on writing Make Me Wet I spent some time camping on Chincoteague Island. There close to the ocean, with the wind rattling my tent and surf pounding the shore, the images and characters for the story came to life.
5. Your all time favorite book?
I have loved too many to ever be able to choose one specific title. There are certain qualities I love in a book: voice, romance, it makes me think, complex heroes and heroines, page-turning conflict, minimal backstory, an element of game or interactivity woven into the tale, something I’ve never seen before.
6. What made you pick that one above all others?
If I found a book that offered all those things at once, I’d pick that as my favorite. Feel free to make suggestions in the comments.
7. What’s the longest time you’ve spent working on a project?
I wrote a story for a video game with Orchid Games—Spirit Walkers: Curse of the Cypress Witch. Another camping trip, this time to the Dismal Swamp, inspired that story. I think it was about a year and half to release of the desktop versions. A year later I reviewed final edits for mobile version, It’s a paranormal adventure with romantic elements, G-rated .
8. Would you say becoming an author has changed you? In what way?
It has filled my life with exciting adventures and fascinating people. It wasn’t the signing of the contract that changed me, but more who I had to become to do this job of telling stories that will intrigue readers.
9. Was there ever a time, during your work for the e-book/book, when you felt like giving up? What made you change your mind?
Writing a book is very much like running a marathon—I’ve run a few. Believe it or not, I feel pretty good for the first 18 miles of the 26.2 mile race. Around mile 22 it’s hard to ignore how tired and sore I am. That last 4.2 miles feels impossible. You don’t have another block left in you let alone another four miles. I’ve seen runners cry at that point but we all keep on going. That’s about the same place in a book where my brain gets tired of plunking down one word after the other. That last section of the book demands all the threads and conflict come together. You need to be your sharpest and you’re dragging. And yet, this is a state of mind where magic can happen. It’s usually at this point a character I am not expecting falls out of my pen and onto the page. For Make Me Wet, it was the Goddess Mere. I had not expected to use a scene with her in it, but she roared onto the page all temper and attitude. Lightning bolts singed the pages. I woke up and so did all the characters.
10. What does your day-to-day life consist of? What else do you do, aside writing?
I like to write pre-dawn and then when the sun comes up go out for a run. My best ideas and insights come during a run–right after I’ve spent some time writing. I’ll come back note the new ideas, hit the shower, and then settle in for another write. I stop and do a few chores before a lunchtime write with the writers at the virtual Greyville Writer’s Colony. I use that time to work on blog posts. I did this interview at the Greyville Cafe.
I used to run a computer repair shop and sometimes in the afternoon I do some repair work for small businesses I used to support. Otherwise I am in my virtual worlds, bringing characters to life and building scenes from settings in books. For Make Me Wet I built Shadowling Manor and Selkie Island. Selkie Island is populated with selkies and mermen. Shadowling Manor has ghosts and cats and a ghost cat. After a couple hours in world I wrap up my workday and join the family for the rest of the evening.
11. Is this title part of a series? Without giving us spoilers, of course, what can we expect from the next e-books/books in the series?
This book is part of a multi-author series. The first in the series was Serving Nicole by Marilyn Campbell. I believe Brandi Evans is up next with a wolf-shifter tale.
12. What do you have stored for us in the future? What are you working on/planning on next, aside this title/series?
I have three books drafted and four games outlined. Since a storyline tends to change drastically as I revise I can’t give specifics. They are all romance and contemporary. One is interactive fiction like those Choose Your Own Adventure stories we read as kids, only mine isn’t for children.
1. If you could wish for any one thing, and it would immediately come true, what would you wish for?
An end to war.
2. If you were stranded on an isolated island, what’s the one book you’d absolutely wish to have with you?
The Army Survival Manual
3. Name your favorite fruit.
4. Coffee or tea?
5. Favorite season?
6. How about fav time of 24 hours?
It’s not for everyone, but for me, five in the morning.
7. Were you a boyscout/girlscout?
Youth Conservation Corps.
8. Favorite food for breakfast?
9. Latest book you’ve bought and read?
Unsaid: A Novel by Neil Abramson
10. Do you collect things, like stamps, or key chains, or shoes?
I have a growing collection of tech gadgets: iPad, Nexus, Kindle, Nook, etc.
11. Favorite color, you know you want to tell us!
12. Drama or comedy?
13. Cats or dogs?
All creatures great and small.
14. Dinner by candlelight or a night out clubbing?
About the Author & Links:
Whether it’s a shapeshifter romance exploring the primal power of the wild feminine, or BDSM romance where love digs into a character’s shadows, Nara believes romance should open the door and push lovers into a new dimension: sexually, emotionally, and sometimes physically.
Nara Malone is an award winning novelist and poet. As a freelance journalist and writer, her feature profiles on women entrepreneurs and her romantic short stories have been published in newspapers, magazines, and digital publications.